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Fake News: Trump DID NOT Demand That N.F.L. Players Stand During Russian National Anthem

  • by: Alan Duke
  • (Mon, 23 Jul 2018 14:37:55 Z)

We all need a laugh! And Andy Borowitz provides a good one with his convergence of two big controversies -- President Trump's attacks on NFL players who don't stand for the U.S. national anthem and accusations that Trump is beholden to Russia. The satire piece is spreading fast over social media, but make sure you understand it is not real.

The story originated from an article published on July 22, 2018 titled "Trump Demands That N.F.L. Players Stand During Russian National Anthem" (archived here) which opened:

Trump tweeted that playing the Russian anthem was a "necessary gesture of good will from the USA to our No. 1 ally."

Screenshot of https://www.newyorker.com/humor/borowitz-report/trump-demands-that-nfl-players-stand-during-russian-national-anthem

Users on social media only saw this title, description and thumbnail:

Trump Demands That N.F.L. Players Stand During Russian National Anthem

Trump tweeted that playing the Russian anthem was a "necessary gesture of good will from the USA to our No. 1 ally."

The story actually appeared in the satire column of The New Yorker ("The Borowitz Report" by Andy Borowitz) which was acquired in 2012 by the magazine. Although the section with the columns and all the articles in it are clearly marked as satire the stories frequently get confused for real news by people who only see the title and summary on social media and who assume it must be real because the link goes to the actual website of The New Yorker. To them it would look somewhat like this, with an easy to miss "Not the news" being the only indication it is not real:

In part to combat this the main page of The Borowitz Report comes with a clear heading that simply states:

Satire from the Borowitz Report


To be safe, whenever you see a link that goes to any article on the "newyorker.com" website, always check if the rest of the link says "/humor/borowitz-report/" somewhere. If it does, don't believe a thing you read...

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Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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